Remodeling Resources

Considering a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or home renovation in Seattle? Here we've included a section of news and resources.

Discovery Channel Features Built Square

Green Construction: See Built Square cofounder Divven Browne on the Discovery Channel's "Head Rush: Cool Jobs In Science."

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Great Remodeling Links

Remodeling Magazine - Average Remodeling Costs:
http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2016/

Check if your contractor is licensed with the State of Washington and if their insurance and bond is current:
https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/

Do I need a permit?

Permits and DPD:
http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/permits/doyouneedapermit/default.htm

Seattle Building Codes:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/codes/building/

City of Seattle Client Assistance Memos (CAMS):
http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/CAMS/CamList.aspx

Side Sewer Cards:
http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/sidesewercardsv2/

Green Building Incentives

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

Database for State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency:
http://www.dsireusa.org/

How Green Are You?

Calculate your carbon footprint:
http://www.ecohatchery.com/

Find your water footprint:
http://www.h2oconserve.org/wc_disclaimer.php

How clean is the energy I use?
http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/

How walkable is your neighborhood?
http://www.walkscore.com/

Green Building Techniques

Advanced Framing:
http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Publications/CAM/CAM341.pdf

Rain Water Harvesting in Seattle:
http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Publications/CAM/CAM520.pdf

Building Green:
http://www.buildinggreen.com/

Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat:
http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Create-a-Habitat.aspx?CFID=15235769&CFTOKEN=5731120135c19733-DDD485EC-5056-A84B-C3A5D71E542B1C39

City of Seattle Green Home Remodeling Guides:
http://www.seattle.gov/environment/buildings-and-energy/green-remodeling-guides

Green Building Standards

Built Green:
http://www.builtgreen.net/

International Living Building Institute:
http://www.ilbi.org/

American Lung Association Health House:
http://www.healthhouse.org/

Eco Building Guild:
http://ecobuilding.org/

LEED for Homes:
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147

Passive House:
http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PHIUSHome.html

Miscellaneous Green Links

Wow, You Can Recycle That? Find Recycling Centers Near You:
http://earth911.com/

Latest in Green Building:
http://jetsongreen.com/

National Geographic's Green Guide for Everyday Living:
http://www.thegreenguide.com/

Green Building Glossary:
http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org/glossary.cfm

Patagonia Environmentalism:
http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/environmentalism

The Story of Stuff:
http://www.storyofstuff.com/

GE Ecomagination:
http://ge.ecomagination.com/index.html